Adjacent Oil & Gas, Issue 5 – November 2016

The first anniversary edition of Adjacent Oil & Gas is here, and packed with great articles for you. To get us off the starting block, Canadian Minister of Natural Resources Jim Carr shares his nation’s vision for a sustainable energy future, promoting clean technology with the aid of the oil and gas industry.

The UKERC’s Professor Paul Ekins and IMechE’s Dr Jenifer Baxter offer differing perspectives on shale gas, and its potential to help meet future energy demand as well as climate targets in the UK. We move on to consider initiatives looking to make oil and gas safer and less environmentally damaging – from the urgent action on air pollution demanded by the OECD, to the World Bank’s campaign for zero routine flaring by 2030.

Following on from coverage in the August edition, we are delving deeper into the world of decommissioning with this issue. Roger Esson describes the valuable work Decom North Sea is doing to build a portal for planning the late life and decom journey, and Bond Dickinson’s Uisdean Vass examines in detail how the latest legislation and strategy documents from BEIS and the Oil and Gas Authority will impact this process.

An interview with key members of Petrofac’s decommissioning team illustrates the opportunities for streamlining late life asset management and decommissioning in the UKCS and further afield. Meanwhile the East of England Energy Group outline their collaborative efforts to rejuvenate the Southern North Sea. Pieces from Oil and Gas Innovation Centre CEO Ian Phillips and IRIS research scientist Jan Einar Gravdal describe just a few of the innovative technologies that are being developed to ensure the industry is as productive and efficient as it can be.

I hope you enjoy reading the issue as much as I’ve enjoyed putting it together. ■

Katy Edgington